The meticulous, melodic house master (pictured) is bringing his all-hardware (read: MacBook-free) set to Portland for its stateside debut. Eat your heart out, San Francisco.
Masa Ueda (Friday, Refuge)
Old-school Pacific Northwest techno-heads may remember Ueda from his days as one-third of '90s breakbeat trio Energon Cube. These days, he's the head of the Osaka-based Torque label, putting out hard-hitting machine techno from both sides of the Pacific.
214/J. Alvarez (Friday, Refuge)
The Miami-via-Seattle producer was named one of
's top new artists of 2012 thanks to his rigid sampling and booming synths inspired by the bass music of his hometown.
Grown Folk (Saturday, Holocene)
The Beat Broker (Saturday, Rotture)
SEE IT: The Closer Electronic Music Festival is Thursday-Sunday, June 20-23. Multiple venues. $35-$50. 21+. See closerpdx.com for schedule.